Kitima Restaurant, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Did you know?
Manor is the only surviving example of a once-typical Cape Dutch H-plan
architecture in the Cape Peninsula.
Kitima Restaurant is located in one of the oldest homesteads in the Cape Peninsula, Kronendal Manor, in Hout Bay. Somewhat incongruously this Cape Dutch heritage building houses an Asian restaurant. The result is a venue where Asian and European influences blend in an African setting.
The sophisticated restaurant comprises four dining areas with strong notes of Thai décor. The silk-draped Bangkok Room accommodates up to 38 guests in jewel-toned splendour, as one would imagine a palace in old Siam to have been. The Boat Room is a little more rustic, its key feature being a river boat bought at a Bangkok market (available on an exclusive basis to parties of 20-24). The Temple Room, for up to 40 guests, features oxblood-coloured walls adorned with gilded wood carvings. The most intimate of the rooms is the VIP Room, where 12 guests can be seated around a round table under a sparkling chandelier. The manor includes the Raya Lounge and a number of indoor and outdoor bar areas, and the garden also offers outdoor seating in summer.
The quirky history of the Kronendal Estate harks back to the 1700s and includes a set of star-crossed lovers who reputedly still haunt its halls. But don't get too caught up in the history of the place or the sheer gorgeousness of the décor and choices of different dining rooms, as the highlight really is the food.
The menu has a definite Thai theme, but Chinese and Japanese favourites are also on offer. For your starter, try the duck spring rolls, ostrich satay or deep fried crab claw topped with honey and ginger sauce. There is a good sashimi menu, as well as a dim sum offering that has patrons coming back for more.
For your main course, try out traditional Thai soups or delicious Asian salads using the freshest ingredients. If you adore seafood then look no further than the Szechuan prawns, the Pla Lard Prik (fillet of kingklip with a homemade chilli sauce) or Phad Chaa Talay, a mixed seafood dish with lemon grass, red onion, Thai herbs and garlic. The duck and chicken dishes are very popular (especially the Aromatic Crispy Duck). and meat lovers will enjoy the Nua Pi Roed ('Angry Beef') cooked in Thai spices or the Korean Beef, which is wok-fried with sesame seeds and Chinese whiskey. The curries are also good: opt for a traditional green or red seafood curry or for something a little different – a Lamb Shank Peanut Curry. Vegetarians are well catered for and there are a number of delicious noodle dishes to choose from.
Often, Thai restaurants are not known for great desserts, but Kitima is an exception with a mix of Thai favourites. Try the Buat Sam Gluar – banana, pear and mango cooked in sweet coconut milk or the Amarula Panna Cotta or Kitima Crepe Suzette among many other sweet treats.
Carefully matched wines are mostly local and there is an interesting cocktail.
On Sundays, a buffet lunch is served between 12h00 and 15h00.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Address: 140 Main Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0)21 790 8004/6
How to get here
The roads to Hout Bay travel over scenic mountain passes. Try Suikerbossie Pass on the coastal drive from the Camps Bay direction, Chapman’s Peak Drive from Noordhoek or the Constantia Nek pass from the Constantia area.
Best time to visit
The restaurant is open year round, although outdoor dining may not be possible in the wet and rainy Cape winter (from May to September). The restaurant is open for lunch on Sundays and for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday.
Around the area
In Hout Bay the World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park displays its hundreds of avian species in walk-through aviaries. You’ll see penguins and pelicans, flamingos and pheasants, as well as baboons, marmosets and tamarins. Hout Bay is also the start (or finish) of the Chapman’s Peak Drive out to Noordhoek, one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. The 9km route is marked by twists and turns and sheer drops.
What will it cost
A main course per person will cost approx. R90 - R120. There is a R35 corkage fee if you bring your own wine.
What to eat
The dim sum is legendary.